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The New York Times January 31, 1913


Dr. N. Glickstein Held in $5,000 Bail for Illegal Traffic in the Drug


Customs Man Finds Chinaman Laden
with Thirty-Pound Package

--- Three Others Held.


Dr. Nathan Glickstein of 218 Henry Street, his brother, Elias Glickstein; Isidore Goldstein, and Nathan Ulrich were arraigned yesterday in the Federal District Court before Commissioner Shields on a complaint made by Customs Inspector Walter P. Murphy, charging that they were engaged in a conspiracy with Lee Sing, a Chinaman living in Brooklyn, to violate the laws of the United States by manufacturing opium for smoking purposes. The Commissioner held Dr. Glickstein and Ulrich in $5,000 ball each, Goldstein in $1,000 bail, and Elias Glickstein In $500 bail for examination on Feb. 7.

The discovery of what Gen. Nelson Henry, the Surveyor of the Port, believes to be a big opium smuggling scheme was made by Inspector Murphy on Saturday afternoon at the Brooklyn entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge, when he noticed Lee Sing carrying a bundle in a suspicious manner and arrested him. He is now in the Raymond Street Jail. When it was opened the package was found to contain thirty pounds of crude opium, which the Chinaman said he had purchased from Einer & Amen, wholesale chemists, Third Avenue and Eighteenth Street, on a prescription from Dr. Glickstein. When the Inspector went to the chemist he was told by a salesman named Cahill that two five-pound packages had been purchased the same morning on Dr. Glickstein's order, and in addition he had sent for quantities of cocaine in September, October, and November until the head of the firm issued orders that Glickstein was not to be supplied with cocaine.

When Inspector Murphy went to Dr. Glickstein's, office on Wednesday afternoon after the, arrest of Lee Sin the doctor was away, but Elias Glickstein was there with Goldstein, and Ulrich. All three were arrested by the detectives who accompanied the Inspector. In the offices were three pounds of gum opium and some hop toi jars. The doctor's books showed that he had purchased $1,500 worth of cocaine in three months from Einer & Amen. The crude opium was sold to Chinamen by messengers, it is alleged, at $8 a pound, who reduced it into smoking, opium and retailed it to their countrymen at $40 to $50. He had names of white men as well as Chinamen on his books the Customs Inspector said.

Dr. Glickstein, who was away in New England, heard of the raid of his office and his brother's arrest and returned to New York yesterday morning. When he called at the Custom-House to see the Surveyor one of Henkel's Deputy United States Marshals was waiting with a warrant for his arrest.

Gen. Henry said that he believed Dr. Glickstein was the head of an extensive opium smuggling conspiracy.